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Johnny Gaudreau named NHL’s first star of the week

A key Calgary Flames player has been honoured by the National Hockey League for his excellence. Forward Johnny Gaudreau was named the NHL’s first star of the week on Monday for his play over the previous seven days.

Here’s the release.

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Gaudreau led the NHL with 4-3—7, including two game-winning goals, in four contests to help the Flames (11-3-5, 27 points) post a 3-0-1 week en route to climbing into first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference. He collected the primary assist on Calgary’s lone goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 16. Gaudreau then recorded 2-1—3, marking his 39th career three-point outing, 28th career multi-goal performance and 34th career game-winning goal, in a 5-0 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 18. He followed that with 1-1—2 as the Flames spoiled the opening of UBS Arena, the new home of the New York Islanders, with a 5-2 victory Nov. 20. Gaudreau capped the week with his third game-winning goal of the season, tied for fourth in the League, in a 4-0 triumph against the Boston Bruins Nov. 21. The 28-year-old Salem, N.J., native – who has found the scoresheet in 13 of his 19 appearances – ranks sixth in the NHL with 8-14—22 overall in 2021-22.

Jacob Markström was previously named first star of the week earlier this season.